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The New Normal of Going Door to Door

As some of you may know, we are going door-to-door, dropping off campaign info and talking to voters. Here's an update.

I always walk each precinct and neighborhood during a campaign. It's a great way to meet voters and hear their concerns, and to get feedback on new ideas and potential solutions. It's also a good way to actually see each neighborhood and learn where the greatest needs are--road repairs, park upgrades, etc.

The problem this year, of course, is the Covid-19 pandemic. For everyone's safety, I thought I would put together my ground rules for going door-to-door.

  1. More walking than talking. Although I'll go to every neighborhood, I may not knock on every door--out of respect for people's safety. I do want to talk to voters, and I will be knocking on some of those doors; just not as many this time. I will avoid older voters that may be at higher risk.

  2. Let's meet Virtually. I will be hosting several Zoom "Meet and Greets" to talk to voters online. This gives voters an opportunity to safely talk to me directly, on any issues they want. Click here to register, or just go to my website:

  3. I will respect the No Soliciting signs. Although candidates don't feel like they're door-to-door salespersons, that may only be our opinion! Unless I know the person, I will pass on homes that have a No Soliciting sign--or I meet the voter before I see their sign!

  4. "Signs, signs, everywhere a sign". Yard signs may be more advertising than a show of support. Many voters will allow you to put up a sign, even if they haven't decided for whom--or whether--to vote. That's why you can see my sign along with my opponent's on the same fence! My goal is to get permission before I put up a sign. And I'm sure you'll see more signs going up as I go through the various neighborhoods.

  5. Barking Dogs. I want to apologize in advance--as I go door-to-door, dogs will bark and there's not a lot I can do about it. It's the noisy part of democracy, I suppose! My only hope is, with less knocking, there'll be less barking!?

I hope to meet you all, in one form or another!



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